In recent years the medical assisting profession has become indispensable to the health care field. Not only have physicians become more reliant on medical assistants, but their services are also being requested by hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, as well as medical supply businesses, home health agencies, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. Medical assistants have become an important part of the health care team and their responsibilities continue to expand as the need for their services grows. The objective of the Medical Assisting Program is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as medical assistants. Since medical assistants are trained in both administrative and clinical procedures, they are capable of filling a variety of entry-level positions including: clinical or administrative assistant, medical receptionist and medical insurance biller. The training program is divided into eight learning units called modules. Students must complete on campus, five hours a day, four days a week, Module A through G first, starting with any module and continuing in any sequence until all seven modules are completed. Module A through G stand alone as units of study and are not dependent upon previous training. Upon successful completion of Module A through G, students participate in Module X, which includes a 148 contact hour externship and 12 contact hours of career development. Students must complete the externship training within 1 to 3 month time period. Completion of the Medical Assisting Program is acknowledged by the awarding of a diploma.
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